It was lunch time. I was sitting at my desk in Baltimore, halfheartedly stabbing at my leftover spaghetti with a plastic fork. Though I’m a chronic work-through-lunch person, I’d had a particularly tiresome morning and decided to take a somewhat proper lunch break.
A few years ago, my future brother-in-law decided that college was not for him. He wanted to be a mechanic. Both his immediate family and the extended family (well, soon to be extended family) supported the idea since he'd been a tinkerer ever since he was a young boy.
I do trust my fiancé—I suppose that’s obvious, since I’m marrying him. However, I was very hesitant when he volunteered to plan my bachelorette party. It’s the type of pre-wedding celebration that is almost always handled by a bridesmaid. It is a girl’s night, after all.
Women have made incredible strides on getting closer to equality in the last few decades, and it feels empowering to see happening, but it's not easy to be a female athlete. While things are undoubtedly getting better, we're still not a point where the little girl who wants to be an Olympic athlete gets the same amount of attention as the little boy who has the same dream gets. If we look at a later stage of an athlete's early life, women's sports often don't get the same amount of attention as men's sports do.
I'd be lying if I said the thought never crossed my mind. I'm at that awkward age where I'm getting up there in my 20s, I've been with my partner for four years, and everyone in my family is starting to look at us a little weirdly. Of all of the times that marriage, and even eloping, has been brought up in conversation, I've come to learn that there are definitely things no one tells you about eloping.
Even though homeschooling can be a unique opportunity for students who know what they want to pursue in order to specialize their education at a younger age, it's still stigmatized.